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Hunter Walker / Rolling Stone:
Jan. 6 Organizers Used Anonymous ‘Burner Phones’ to Communicate with White House and Trump Family, Sources Say  —  A key planner of the Jan. 6 rally near the White House insisted the burner phones be purchased with cash, a source says  —  Some of the organizers who planned the rally …
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Weekly jobless claims post stunning decline to 199,000, the lowest level since 1969  —  The ranks of those submitting jobless claims tumbled to their lowest level in more than 52 years last week, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.  —  New filings totaled 199,000, a number not seen since Nov. 15 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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Washington Post:
Weekly jobless claims plunge to 199,000, the lowest level in more than 50 years  —  Claims fell more than 71,000 from last week, marking the eighth straight week of declines  —  The number of Americans filing initial unemployment claims fell to 199,000 — the lowest level since November 1969 — the Labor Department reported Wednesday.
Gwynn Guilford / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Jobless Claims Drop Sharply  —  Initial claims for jobless benefits fell 71,000 last week to 199,000  —  Jobless claims fell sharply to a pandemic low of 199,000 last week, below pre-pandemic levels as employers curbed layoffs amid a tightening labor market.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Gabby Orr / CNN:
‘Nothing about this is normal’: RNC payments to Trump attorneys irk GOP officials  —  (CNN)A pair of payments the Republican National Committee made to a law firm representing former President Donald Trump is raising questions among former and current GOP officials about the party's priorities …
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Kenneth Garger / New York Post:
Kyle Rittenhouse met with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago after acquittal  —  Kyle Rittenhouse met with Donald Trump at the former president's Mar-a-Lago club after the teen was acquitted of all charges in his homicide trial last week.  —  The meeting between the two was disclosed during Trump's …
Discussion: TMZ.com, The Wrap and Insider
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Washington Post:
White House to nominate new budget director months after Congress rejected Biden's initial pick
Justin Gomez / ABC News:
Biden nominates Shalanda Young for OMB director
Discussion: Washington Examiner, CNN and Bloomberg
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Darrell Brooks shared pro-Hitler memes, called for violence against white people  —  The ex-con charged over the deaths of six people at a Wisconsin Christmas parade shared social media posts calling for violence against white people — and suggesting “Hitler was right” for killing Jews.
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Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘The old white ppl...knock dem TF out!’  Waukesha suspect shared social media posts promoting violence towards white people and claiming black people were the ‘true Hebrews’  — Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, allegedly drove the red Ford SUV that plowed through crowds on Sunday and charged …
Discussion: OutKick and New York Post
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Biden hits a new low in the NPR/Marist poll as inflation concerns rise  —  Americans' most pressing economic concern is inflation, and it's contributing to a decline in how they view President Biden, according to a new NPR/Marist poll.  —  Biden's approval is down to 42%, the lowest recorded in the survey since Biden took office.
Discussion: HotAir and Marist Poll
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Aaron Maté / RealClearInvestigations:
Five Trump-Russia ‘Collusion’ Corrections We Need From the Media Now — Just for Starters  —  Five years after the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded collection of Trump-Russia conspiracy theories known as the Steele dossier was published by BuzzFeed, news outlets that amplified its false allegations …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ actor charged with joining Oath Keepers during Capitol breach
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court will hear dispute over GOP legislators' defense of North Carolina voter ID law  —  Justice Breyer: 'It's important not to have transparency'  —  (CNN)The Supreme Court said Wednesday that it will hear a case brought by Republican legislators in North Carolina who are seeking …
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Chinese Official Accused of Sexual Assault Played Key Role in Setting Up Beijing 2022 Olympics  —  Zhang Gaoli, accused of assault in a post on tennis star Peng Shuai's social-media account, headed a steering committee to land the Games  —  A video call between the head …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC ignore NYT bombshell report on Hunter Biden's business deal with Chinese company  —  Hunter Biden struck the deal while his father was vice president  —  Hunter Biden will be a top priority for Republicans: Comer  —  It wasn't long ago that a New York Times bombshell …
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY and Twitchy
Bloomberg:
Dimon Regrets Quip JPMorgan to Outlast China Communist Party  — Says he was trying to emphasize strength, longevity of bank  — JPMorgan has almost $20 billion of exposure in Chinese economy  —  JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon said he regrets making a quip …
The Daily Beast:
Trumpist Election-Deniers Descend Into High School Drama  —  Lin Wood, Sebastian Gorka, Sidney Powell, and Michael Flynn are hurling accusations of money woes, betrayals, “fraud,” and ghosting.  —  In the aftermath of the contested 2020 vote, Trump's biggest election-fraud cheerleaders …
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and Boing Boing
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Republicans Hit Biden on Coronavirus  —  Republicans have fought mask requirements and vaccine mandates for months, but as coronavirus infections again rise, they are blaming the president for failing to end the health crisis.  —  WASHINGTON — Over eight hours last Thursday night and into Friday morning …
Michael Lange / The Narrative Wars:
The evolution of the City Council Speaker's Race  —  How the race to become New York City's second most powerful executive has progressed over time, and what that means for this year's contenders  —  The race to be New York City's next City Council Speaker is in the home stretch.
Alex Gangitano / The Hill:
92 percent of federal government vaccinated against COVID-19  —  Ninety-two percent of federal government employees have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose as of Tuesday, the deadline for federal workers to comply with the coronavirus vaccine mandate President Biden announced 75 days prior.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Washington Times
Washington Examiner:
Still thankful for the best country on Earth  —  Americans began celebrating Thanksgiving long before there was a United States.  For hundreds of years, the colonies celebrated a day for local communities to come together and give thanks to God.  —  It was not until the height of national division …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
FBI acknowledges some agents may have Havana Syndrome symptoms  —  The FBI is promising to make sure employees who have symptoms consistent with Havana Syndrome get access to medical care after a former agent suffering almost daily headaches was rebuffed when he sought testing and treatment, according to documents obtained by NBC News.
Greg B. Smith / THE CITY:
Meet the City's Half-Million-Dollar Man: New York's Highest-Paid Employee  —  NYCHA General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo cashed in years of unused vacation to boost his paycheck to $515,000 — more than the mayor and governor combined.  Meanwhile, pandemic shutdowns didn't stop his work crews' overtime bills from rising.
Garrett Epps / Washington Monthly:
Are the Courts Getting Ready to Crack Down on Reporters?  —  A ruling blocking The New York Times from covering a far-right activist group has ominous implications for the First Amendment.  —  In 1994, the CBS program 48 Hours prepared to air explosive video about unsanitary conditions …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
The Buttigieg presidential buzz has penetrated the White House  —  PHOENIX — Pete Buttigieg has long been a man in a hurry.  —  Since 2010, he has run for treasurer of Indiana, mayor of South Bend, chair of the Democratic National Committee, and president of the United States.
Discussion: spectatorworld.com
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
America's Pandemic Star Loses Some Luster  —  Is Vermont the envy of America no more?  The state long hailed for its pandemic response is experiencing one of the most intense COVID-19 surges in the country.  Cases are twice as high as they've been at any other point.
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
The Democrats Are a Communist Party Now  —  The Communist Democrats don't want to defeat China.  They seek to replicate its totalitarian system.  —  Daniel Greenfield is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center specializing in investigative reporting on the Left and Islamic terrorism.
Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
Fauci says changing definition of fully vaccinated to include boosters is ‘on the table’  —  Top infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci said changing the definition of what qualifies a person as fully vaccinated to include a booster shot is “on the table.”
Discussion: Reuters and POLITICUSUSA
Maxine Joselow / Washington Post:
White House creates new energy division to coordinate climate change policies  —  The White House has launched a new energy division of its Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and appointed Sally Benson, a well-known energy expert at Stanford University, to a high-level position to coordinate climate change policy.
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Sainato / The Guardian:
Starbucks launches aggressive anti-union effort as upstate New York stores organize  —  Management urges baristas to reject the union at mandatory ‘listening’ sessions and shuts stores holding drives  —  Will Westlake, a Starbucks barista in Hamburg, New York, whose store recently filed …
 
 
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Sydney Shea / Washington Examiner:
Biden, Harris, and spouses help at food pantry ahead of Thanksgiving
Rachel Roubein / Washington Post:
There's more to be thankful for this pandemic Thanksgiving
Discussion: Politico
American Greatness:
Here's a List of Leftist Liars Whose Hands Are Stained with Waukesha's Blood
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Andrew Malcolm / RedState:
Do Not Fall for Joe Biden's Slick New Oil Trick
Discussion: CNBC, NPR and HotAir
Desmond Butler / Washington Post:
Exxon lobbyist questions urgency of climate's catastrophic risks
U.S. Department of Defense:
DoD Announces the Establishment of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group (AOIMSG)
Discussion: CBS News
Rachel Frazin / The Hill:
O'Rourke seizes on Texas power grid in bid against Abbott
 Earlier Items: 
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
Despite vaccines, the U.S. has lost more lives to Covid this year than last.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Fox News
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Republican National Committee dismisses call for Ronna McDaniel to resign as chairwoman over outreach to LGBTQ voters
Zach Dorfman / Yahoo News:
Frustrated with CIA, Trump administration turned to Pentagon for shadow war with Iran
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Free Beacon:
EXCLUSIVE: Kamala Harris Bought $375 Pot on Paris Trip
Politico:
Susan Rice needs those TPS reports
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Appeals court order in Jan. 6 documents case may be bad news for Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Spencer, Kessler, Cantwell and other white supremacists found liable in deadly Unite the Right rally